Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
It was by far our ugliest outing of the year and Guelph was the better team on Saturday. Our defence kept us in it and kept the score close, but with very little offensive production we could never get momentum on our side and lost 24-14.
There is no way to sugar-coat it; Saturdays game against the Gryphons was our worst outing as an offence this season. We struggled to gain momentum both through the air and on the ground. The execution was just not there and credit to the Guelph defence, who made big play after big play.
Through the air, quarterback Michael Knevel was 16 of 35 for 110 yards. Once again, receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr. was his main target, tallying eight catches for 47 yards.
On the ground, running back Levondre Gordon had 21 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Time after time we rallied on defence, kept Guelph out of the endzone and forced field goals. Guelph was limited to just 111 yards passing all afternoon. We also got steady pressure on the quarterback – which included three sacks.
Linebacker Mario Pineda got one and defensive end Robbie Smith got two more. Robbie still leads all of U Sports in this category with 8.5 sacks on the year. He is just one sack shy of the Laurier single season sack record, which has been held by the great Yannick Carter since the 2006 season.
Young linebackers Shomari Hutchinson and Mario Pineda led in tackles with 8.5 each and defensive backs Will Amoah and Godfrey Onyeka were just behind with 7.5 each.
A big play for the Gryphons happened in the third quarter, as dangerous receiver Jacob Scarfone took a missed field goal back 122 yards for a touchdown.
In the punting game, Nathan Mesher average 39.7 on his 10 punts. Once again our returners were Carson Ouellette who had two for 17 yards and Kurleigh Gittens Jr. who had five for 72 yards.
This Saturday is our Senior’s Day and the last regular season home game for many great Hawks. It is also a very big and meaningful game as we take on the McMaster Marauders.
The winner of this game secures second place in the OUA and the all-important first round playoff bye. McMaster is 6-1 on the season and are led by an outstanding defence.
Here’s what is happening:
Players of the Week
Offence: Levondre Gordon
Defence: Robbie Smith
Special Teams: Godfrey Onyeka
Weekly HawkTalk podcast: RB Osayi Iginuan & DB Ron Kinga
Post-Game Reception – 4:30pm Turret
Join us this Saturday after our Senior Day game up in the Turret. Coaches, players, parents, alumni and all friends & fans of the program are welcome.
2017 Laurier Football Adopt-A-Hawk – $21,661 and counting!
We still have many players yet to be adopted. Please consider adopting one of our players today: www.laurieralumni.ca/AAHfootball
Legacy Fund – $397,839 and counting!
The time is now to help us have sustained success! http://www.laurieralumni.ca/footballlegacyfund
Get your Tickets!
One home game remaining and it’s Senior Day!
- McMaster – October 21st at 1pm
Tickets on sale at laurier.universitytickets.com
Until next week, go Hawks go!